02/02/13 281 W, 2 I - + 5 - 2 Recruit Academy 38 Starts in Raleigh

Twenty-seven new members of the Raleigh Fire Department reported for duty at the Keeter Training Center on Thursday, January 31. The future firefighters will spend twenty-eight weeks receiving certifications as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), North Carolina Fire Fighter Level I and II, and North Carolina Hazardous Materials Operations.

They'll also receive training on technical rescue, hazardous materials operations, fireground procedures, high-rise operations, rapid intervention teams (RIT), accountability systems, safety companies, engine and ladder company operations, and firefighter safety and survival. Click to enlarge:

The first eight weeks of their instruction will consist of EMT classes. They'll also receive physical fitness training that will continue through the duration of the academy. By the end of their training, the recruits will participate in live fire training at locations including the Wake County Fire Training Center. They'll graduate in early August.

The recruits will be taught by members of the Training Division, and five members of the Operations Division who have been temporarily assigned to the training center. Captains Kevin Coppage, Wayne Motley, and Lowell Smith; Lt. Frankie Beasley, and Senior Firefighter Chris Holcomb have been assigned to the training center, to assist with the academy. That handsome crew is shown below along with Academy Coordinator Capt. Fred Noble. Click to enlarge:

Hiring for Recruit Academy 38 started in the fall. There were nearly 1,000 applicants, of which 320 completed and passed the physical agility and written testing in October. Eighty-five candidates were interviewed in December.

And when was the first recruit academy, you ask? Read that story in the latest issue (PDF) of the Raleigh Fire Department Newsletter. Congratulations to the newcomers. Welcome aboard and study hard.

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